You’ll notice in the photo box, top left corner of the California Construction website, a story about Teichert, the Sacramento-based construction, materials, equipment and development company, being named California Construction’s 2010 Contractor of the Year.

Each year, the editors and contributors for the magazine get together to honor a construction firm for its commitment to safety, business leadership, investment in people and giving back to communities.

So many companies in the state are noteworthy for these criteria as well, so it is never an easy feat to come up with a single choice.

As JT Long reports, Teichert, which holds the oldest active contractor’s licenses in the state, #8, has a long history of excelling in all of these areas. But foremost is the work of the Teichert Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to “building and preserving a healthy and prosperous region.” In 2009 alone, Teichert Foundation grants went to the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Crocker Art Museum Association, Habitat for Humanity, Great Valley Center, Junior League, March of Dimes, St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children, and YMCA. The foundation continues to support its own Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento branch facility with an employee matching gift program.

Teichert also has an employee volunteer group called HOPE, which stands for Helping the Community, Opportunities to share, Providing resources and Encouraging volunteerism.

So to President, Chairman and CEO Jud Riggs and all the Teichert employees, congratulations for a job well done. An award will be given to you at the Best of California event this December.

While we have a very large file of worthy contractor firms to be considered for Contractor of the Year every year, feel free to send your comments about your company’s attributes at the end of this blog and we’ll compare notes.